1 day ago

Really enjoy this trail. I have been on it a few times from childhood, first time on my own and just getting back into hiking after several years off - there are some tough spots, but most of that (if not all) is on the Pinhoti portion of the trail (which is also where the majority of the overlooks are), the Cave Creek portion is much less strenuous in my opinion.

For those who can’t find the crash site or McDill overlook, it is south of the southern curve of the Pinhoti where the Chinnabee and Cave Creek sign of “3” miles is. From there, about 1/4 mile or so. There are a couple of great overlooks.

I’ve read several comments of the trail not being well marked and people getting lost, and in some respects I have to agree. There are several spots where the tree paintings have faded completely or there are none for several hundred feet (that I saw). That said, the trail itself is well travelled this time of year so as long as you follow the well padded paths, you should probably be ok, but as mentioned by others, be sure to have a means to find your location (backup map and compass should always be with you). Also, though I mean no offense to anyone, you are trekking into the wilderness by yourself and you should be well aware of the risks doing so. Being underprepared is something that happens but can be avoided or at least minimized with prior research; being unprepared altogether is quite dangerous. Just because hundreds/thousands of others do it doesn’t make it “easy” or “safe.” Use common sense and be prepared as best you can.

Bring water, and more than you need. There is only one water source I saw, which is on the Cave Creek trail about a mile before/after the Pinhoti connection (depending on which way you are coming from).

Planning to go back.